Saturday, 26 May 2012

60 pct of Mwanza residents, infected with bilharzia - study

From IPP Media/The Guardian, Dar es Salaam
By The Guardian Reporter

About 60 per cent of schoolchildren and adults in Mwanza region are infected with bilharzia, according to a new study carried out by Score Project under the National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR).

The study was carried out in 150 villages surrounding Lake Victoria in Mwanza region,

NIMR acting director for Mwanza Centre Dr Mansuet Temu revealed this yesterday during a meeting with Score Project stakeholders.

He said the study, which started in 2010, was carried out in 37 villages in Magu district, nine villages in Ilemela, seven villages in Nyamagana, four villages in Misungwi, 55 villages in Sengerema and 38 in Geita.

Dr Temu said a total of 27,926 schoolchildren and 5,446 adults were tested and 60 per cent were diagnosed to have been infected with the disease. He said statistics showed that every 10 people tested, six were diagnosed to have been infected with bilharzia.

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